PDC Energy Earnings Higher on Permian Activity

Independant Energy group PDC Energy reported first quarter earnings after the close Wednesday. $PDCE results were boosted by oil and natural gas production in the Wattenberg Field, Colorado and the liquid-rich Wolfcamp zones in the Delaware Basin.

Independant Energy group PDC Energy reported first quarter earnings after the close Wednesday. $PDCE results were boosted by oil and natural gas production in the Wattenberg Field, Colorado and the liquid-rich Wolfcamp zones in the Delaware Basin.

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 Earnings: 

Q1 EPS of $0.05, without adjustments consensus was $0.50. Revenue of $260.6M (- 4.8% Y/Y) missed expectations by $-13.67M

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Highlights

  • Year-over-year total production increase of 34 percent to 8.9 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) or approximately 99,000 Boe per day.
  • Year-over-year oil production increase of 51 percent to 3.8 million barrels (MMBbls), representing 43 percent of total production.
  • Total crude oil, natural gas and NGLs sales of approximately $305 million, a 61 percent increase compared to first quarter 2017 sales of approximately $190 million. Net cash from operating activities of approximately $205 million, a 47 percent increase compared to first quarter 2017 levels of approximately $140 million.
  • Completed the previously disclosed sale of Utica Shale assets and amendment to an existing Wattenberg oil gathering agreement for total proceeds of approximately $65 million.
  • The Company recently executed a firm, long-term sales agreement beginning in June 2018 that provides takeaway capacity for the majority of its 2018 and 2019 Delaware basin oil production and diversifies price exposure towards a Brent-based index.

CEO Commentary President and Chief Executive Officer, Bart Brookman commented, “Our operating and financial results were slightly ahead of internal expectations thanks to smooth execution and stronger commodity pricing. Today, we are a few short months away from the much anticipated midstream expansions in Wattenberg, which should greatly enhance operational and financial performance in the second half of 2018. In the Delaware, our operating results continue to improve and our newly executed firm sales agreement is a big step towards ensuring PDC’s production in the area has a reliable and price-competitive outlet. For the balance of 2018, look for PDC to remain committed to executing our cash flow neutral capital program while exiting the year with an undrawn revolver.”

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 About PDC Energy, Inc.

PDC Energy, Inc. is a domestic independent exploration and production company that acquires, produces, develops, and explores for crude oil, natural gas and NGLs with operations in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado, in the Delaware Basin in West Texas.

Its operations are focused on the liquid-rich horizontal Niobrara and Codell plays in the Wattenberg Field, the liquid-rich Wolfcamp zones in the Delaware Basin.

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